Advocacy for medical marijuana is about to get a fresh face on its front lines.
In the PSA, Littrell points out the need to include veterans battling PTSD and others who claim that pharmaceuticals are insufficient to address their medical needs. “Many of us that served came back suffering from PTSD,” says Littrell in the ad.
“It’s an injustice that the only treatment options are pharmaceutical medications that are often ineffective for the pain and trauma many of us experienced every single day.”
Littrell –who also serves as the CEO of the advocacy group Veterans for Cannabis— also expresses support in the ad for the use of medical cannabis on the part of those with chronic pain and serious diseases, such as cancer. He cites the example of Brian and Audra Underwood, whose young son, Reid, suffers from an incurable and devastating skin illness known as Epidermolysis Bullosa.
“I”m fighting for families like the Underwoods that must administer potentially life-threatening painkillers to their son,”
“I’m fighting for veterans, but also for cancer patients, children and adults suffering from seizures, Georgians with unbearable chronic pain and many others who cant find relief with pharmaceutical medications. For us, medical cannabis works.
Current state law only allows for eight specific conditions to be treated through the use of medical cannabis; however, those conditions must only be treated using a particular kind of low-THC cannabis oil, which must be approved by a doctor and by the state. An added hurdle for patients is that in-state cultivation of the product remains illegal, leaving many patients to fend for themselves in obtaining it.
The ad is part of an initiative spearheaded by Georgia State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) calling for the state’s laws to be broadened to include more patients. He is expected to pre-file legislation this Wednesday to take action on the issue.
The issue of medical cannabis has been met with disagreement among the higher echelons of the Georgia government. The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis last month opted not to allow the growth of medical cannabis in the state, citing federal law banning the practice. The decision echoed the viewpoint of the state’s governor, Nathan Deal (R), who does not support in-state cultivation.